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Proverbs 17:12-22 (New International Version)

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12 Better to meet a bear robbed of her cubs than a fool in his folly.1 13 If a man pays back evil2 for good,3 evil will never leave his house. 14 Starting a quarrel is like breaching a dam; so drop the matter before a dispute breaks out.4 15 Acquitting the guilty and condemning the innocent5-- the LORD detests them both.6 16 Of what use is money in the hand of a fool, since he has no desire to get wisdom?7 17 A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.8 18 A man lacking in judgment strikes hands in pledge and puts up security for his neighbor.9 19 He who loves a quarrel loves sin; he who builds a high gate invites destruction. 20 A man of perverse heart does not prosper; he whose tongue is deceitful falls into trouble. 21 To have a fool for a son brings grief; there is no joy for the father of a fool.10 22 A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed11 spirit dries up the bones.12
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